Samsung launching 5G smartphone
The South-Korean technology giant Samsung is looking forward to being the first to launch a 5G Android smartphone. It has confirmed officially to launch its flagship Galaxy S10 5G, tentatively on 5’th April 2019, in its Home Country. After launching the first foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold, this will be another major leap for the conglomerate. Samsung is also expected to launch Galaxy S10 5G in the USA this April itself.
The Galaxy S10 will be available with Verizon at first and it has confirmed that it’ll roll out its 5G on 11’th April in the USA. There is a possibility that Samsung Galaxy S10 might be launched in the USA on the same day.
DJ Koh, President, and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics during his recent India visit, said that “Samsung is already working with Indian telcos and depending on India’s progress in 5G, Samsung is ready to support all 5G bandwidths in the country in Samsung phones”, when enquired about the launch of 5G Samsung phones in India.
Huawei gearing up for 5G Smartphones
Huawei, Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer has announced on Wednesday, 13th March 2019, that it will be launching its foldable 5G smartphone ‘Mate X’ by mid-year 2019 and considering India as an important market, they have announced to launch the same in India soon after.
In the exact words of Wally Young, the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group, “India is an important market for us and we have been consistently investing and expanding our footprint in the market.” He also added, “The unveiling of the ‘Huawei MateX’ was the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living. We want our consumers here to witness Huawei’s global 5G technological strength, and experience this technology marvel.” However, at the Mobile World Congress 2019, held at Barcelona, the company expressed that the availability of the foldable device ‘Mate X’ will depend upon the availability of 5G services in the country.
With the advent of Samsung’s 5G network and connectivity, South Korea and the USA are going to be the first countries to experience this technological upgrade. As far as India is concerned, there is some talk of the town going on regarding the possibility of availability of 5G services by 2019, too.
That being said, the foldable 5G smartphone Huawei Mate X, houses Leica cameras, supporting advanced imaging features till date. The foldable design lets the camera system function as both front and rear cameras. When folded, the ‘Mate X’, shows a viewfinder on both sides, so that the subjects in the frame can contribute to the creative process as well. ‘Mate X’ runs on the Balong 5000 chipset, which is the world’s first multi-mode 5G processor with a 7nm process thus supporting 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks with a single chip. It is equipped with a ‘Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge’, which when unfolded, the 6.6-inch dual display panel transforms into an 8-inch tablet that is only 5.4mm thick. It is packed with a high-capacity 4500mAh battery supporting the worlds fastest 55Watt ‘Huawei Supercharge’, which allows the battery to charge to 85% in just 30 minutes.
Talking about foldable smartphones, Samsung will launch its first foldable smartphone, Galaxy Fold, in India, without the 5G support, soon. While no official release date is available as of now, the foldable smartphone could reportedly be launched in May. Priced at $1980 in the USA, the Galaxy Fold is the most expensive Samsung smartphone to have ever been launched. The price translates to Rs 1.41 lakhs in India, but there is no word on the India pricing.